October 27, 2004

Hasta la Vista, Evelyn

This whole contest has me thinking about NAMES.
If I had another baby, and it was a boy, I would name him Lion of.
Lion of Jackson. It is a GREAT name. It almost makes me want to have another baby so I can name him that.

If I got another cat, it would be a HONKIN' BIG mighty yellow tomcat and I would name him Feminists. I think more pets ought to be named for philosophies or social/political movements. I hope to one day have matching blue point Siamese kittens called Freudians and Communists. And if I get a puppy I am calling her Marxism. It's fun to say things like "Marxism has chewed my shoes up. Again!" Or I could say, "FREUDIANS! DID YOU PEE IN MY SOCK DRAWER!" And then my husband could say, "No, I think it was Communists."

My friend Matt lost a bet before he was even MARRIED, and now he is obligated to name his first born child “LASERBEAK.” Wow. Laserbeak Willer. Boy or girl, machts nicht. His wife is not exactly thrilled, but it is a QUESTION OF HONOR. I mean, a bet is a bet. And what’s thirty thousand dollars worth of therapy for your kid when held up against your honor?

As for the CHARACTER NAME…I STILL Like Evelyn best of all possible names. Evelyn Crabtree has a soft, almost helpless femininity, and yet a touch of Pathetic Grandeur to it. As if great things were expected of her, but Alas! It. Didn’t. Pan. Out. However, I have been given BY YOU NICE PEOPLE a new name I like almost almost almost as much. One that is not a major bath-products chain. Thanks to everyone who HELPED! I got just over 200 GOOD names--although SOME of you only sent one and OTHERS CHEATED and sent 10 or 12!

Most popular choices? Amber and Crystal were each sent in five times.

Grant of Georgia suggested Menona WHICH IS PERFECT. Can’t use it though. BAH. See, this character’s MOTHER is named ONA and her daughter is named NONNY. So. It sounds like a nursery rhyme.

Ona, Menona and Nonny
Set sail in a silver shoe
Ona, Menona and Nonny,
White trashier than me or you…
I hope.

I also LOVED Leona, which I got from two sources, a woman named Janelle of Some-State-Or-Nother and my friend Jan. But --- same problem. Ona, Leona and Nonny. It’s still too Winkenny, Blinkenny, Noddy.

I also flirted for quite some time with both TAMMY (sent by Kristen and Amy), and TANYA (Sent by Kimberly). Jolynn (Mir sent it) was good, but just a SHI away from my OWN name. I also liked SISSY or CEECEE (sent by Caty).

Finally, early Tuesday, DAN of VIRGINIA sent in the right name…Melony.
Melony Crabtree.
Melony has that good “ON” sound I liked so much in LEONA and MENONA, but the emphasis is on the first syllable and it’s a short O, so it works. Also it’s very soft and helpless and pathetic and grand and 70’s all at once. I love it. LOVE IT.

I hope that that’s short for DANIELLA because I am mailing you some CHICK LIT! And you get bragging rights long into perpetuity or until my editor hates Melony and changes it cruelly to Heloise. Whee.

Posted by joshilyn at October 27, 2004 10:34 AM

Waaaahhhhhhhh. I am a sore loser. But Melony is good, I have to admit.

Posted by: Mir at October 27, 2004 11:32 AM

Oh...pooh. You mean JUST because I didn't come up with the BEST name, I don't get to win? Even if I rilly RILLY want to?
Is that American?

Posted by: Kira at October 27, 2004 1:05 PM

I wasn't able to send in my name (toooooo late) but I would've submitted Meredith! Sorry so late. Melony is good. I have a friend named Melanie. Can't wait to read what Melony is up to when that book comes out! (Melanie, Melony, Melony...do you want me to say the name more?):o)

Posted by: Stephany at October 27, 2004 1:11 PM

thanks for the book recommendation! it's hard for me to find people that suggest good books. my sister is the only one who can appreciate good writing and the resulting emotional tug that I love. hey, even shel silverstein makes me a little giddy. I swear sometimes I think I'll never grow up ;)

have a great day!

Posted by: Lesli at October 27, 2004 1:14 PM

Sigh... I like Cornelia. ;o)

Posted by: Heather at October 27, 2004 1:15 PM

I just found your contest, much too late to enter. :( However, if you end up writing a sequel, may I suggest Virginia as a name for Melony's baby???

Posted by: CarolynM at October 27, 2004 2:49 PM

Have you thought about foreign names? Maybe Igone, Licena, Nerea, Josune, Miren, Oihane, Celia,...

Posted by: Rsc at October 27, 2004 4:47 PM

Congrats to Dan and I hope the editor likes Melony.

Hey not to give an unfriendly push on the cliff edge to Melony. But have you or your agent considered contacting the Crabtree owner, commenting on the wonderful project, and asking him (or her if a partnership or group exists) if he would protest the use of Evelyn Crabtree (the cussing pregnant 15 year old)? :) Just a thought. :)

Posted by: Klint at October 27, 2004 6:05 PM

oops instead of wonderful project.. I meant some of Crabtrees wonderful products. *hide hide hide for not proofing before posting*

Posted by: Klint at October 27, 2004 6:07 PM

Look, you obviously have gotten it all wrong. I gave you the perfect name - PERFECT - and you don't even mention it. I'm hurt, stunned and scarred for life. I will SO not be buying any of your books (on the first day they come out). Take that!

Fellow Georgia Peach Who Can Find Where You Live!

Posted by: AGK at October 28, 2004 8:32 AM

Nice entry.
Red Sox WIN!
If anyone has an MP3 of the song "We Believe" in rotation on the Dan Patrick show... where? where?

Posted by: Shawn B at October 28, 2004 1:45 PM

Red Sox Schmed Sox. IT WAS FIXED!!

Seriously, you would be surprised how many New Yorkers were rooting for the Sox to win after the ALCS(granted, it might of been just to shut them up about the Curse).

Back on topic.... I dig the name! It's no Laserbeak, but few are.

Posted by: Matt at October 28, 2004 2:59 PM